WAN and internet expenditure set to top US$109 billion

Worldwide end user wide area network and internet access service expenditures are set for steady growth between 2003 and 2007, according to Infonetics Research.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  May 7, 2003

Worldwide end user wide area network (WAN) and internet access service expenditures are set for steady growth between 2003 and 2007, according to Infonetics Research. The analyst group predicts growth of 24%, with expenditures moving from US$88 billion to US$109 billion over the five year period.

“WAN bandwidth and route control are hot right now, because organisations see those technologies as a way to optimise network use and avoid costly downtime,” says Jeff Wilson, executive director of Infonetics Research. “More than half of the study respondents with WAN access plan to use bandwidth and route control by 2005,” he adds.

The two key reasons that organisations are opting to enhance their WAN bandwidth are increased use by existing users and sites and the addition of bandwidth hungry applications, such as ERP and multimedia applications.

Infonetics also reveals that the WAN world is changing from one that was dominated by frame relay and TDM leased lines to one that deploys a mix of frame relay, TDM, optical/Ethernet and broadband technologies.

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